Their college campuses are separated by less than an hour.
Each season that matchup brings back memories from one of the greatest college football games ever played.
It will be Stanford vs. California in some fashion on Sunday with quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Aaron Rodgers representing their alma mater inside of Lucas Oil Stadium.
Luck has already poked fun at a few of his USC teammates this season and did the same with Rodgers on Wednesday.
“(Rodgers) went to Cal so I guess we have to hold that against each other,” Luck said with a laugh. “I’ve never met him but I am a big fan of his. I’m looking forward to hopefully talking to him after the game and maybe down the road.”
Rodgers is an established All-Pro in the NFL setting a plethora of single-season records for the quarterback position last season.
Just three games into his NFL career, Luck has shown an ability to keep plays alive with his feet similar to Rodgers.
Colts interim head coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is a veteran of the quarterback position and sees the reasons one would compare the No. 12’s.
“Aaron’s very mobile, very accurate, got good velocity,” Arians said. “Obviously he can handle a fast paced game or a slow paced game. I think they’re very similar in a lot of ways, their size, athleticism. They’ve very similar. It’s a good comparison.”
Being put in the same sentence as Rodgers is something Luck isn’t quite ready to accept yet, and rightfully so. Luck realizes early in his career comparisons to other quarterbacks will be frequent and he is thankful just to be mentioned with a player of Rodgers’ ability.
“I think I’ve got a long way to go to be compared to Aaron Rodgers,” Luck said. “He’s definitely someone that I enjoy watching. His command over the offense, when a guy looks covered, Aaron’s always done a great job with back shoulder throws. When a tight end is running down the middle, putting it in the right spot or the only spot that it could be caught, and often times it is. It is a lot of fun to watch him play, watch him make plays with his feet as well. He’s a great quarterback.”
The last times these two teams met in Indianapolis during the 2004 season, Brett Favre squared off against Peyton Manning in a high flying show that produced eight touchdowns and zero interceptions between the two signal callers.
Sunday’s matchup isn’t quite garnering the same hype as that 2004 game did, but even Packers head coach Mike McCarthy can see why people would compare his quarterback with Luck.
“They are both guys that were born to play the position,” McCarthy said. “That’s one thing as you watch Andrew Luck go through college, there is no surprise where he was drafted and that he started from the first day. Aaron’s path was a little different. He had a chance to sit and learn. But yeah, you are talking about two very talented individuals.”
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